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Instrument panel dimmer switch

dan leon

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May 16, 2001
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City, State
Sac, CA
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 XLT
I have a 96 Explorer, and the instrument lights went out a couple days ago. Turned out to be the dimmer switch; actually it's called a dimmer module. The module would dim the radio and 4x4 lights, but the dash was dark. The part cost $115 at Ford (ugghh...), but was easy to replace by reading through the thread about pulling the dash panel to replace the headlight switch bulb. I also replaced the headlight switch since the bulb was burnt and one of the contacts seemed shot. At 150K miles, little things are starting to wear out - oh well...